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Health department meets to chalk out action plan for dengue prevention

24 positive cases reported so far

Jamshedpur, July 8 : With dengue menace on the rise in the district, the health department of three different districts of Kolhan comprising East Singhbhum, West Singhbum and SeraikelaKharsawanon Saturday met to chalk out action plan. The meeting presided by Dr Ramesh Prasad, director of the state integrated surveillance, was held at civil surgeon’s office here.

Sahir Pall, district officer for the Centre’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), who monitors the vector-borne diseases in the district, said drawing lessons from the past they have started to focus on preventive measures to be taken to stop spreading of diseases like dengue fever in the district much before. The meeting which was attended by officials of health department along with corporate houses focused on developing action plan to deal with the situation.

“Last we had adopted action plan in the 30 week of the year, while this time in 25 week we met today to chalk out our future strategy. Last year, 214 cases of dengue were reported. This year we had taken 68 blood samples from East Singhbhum and SeraikelaKharsawan out of which 24 samples were tested positive, 18 are from East Singhbhum while six from SeraikelaKharsawan,” said Pall.

He said the disease was preventable if one could escape mosquito bites and urged the people to adopt precautionary measures such as use of mosquito nets, fully covering the body with clothes, and use of mosquito repellents.

The meeting was also attended by senior health official Praveen Karn, Dr SK Jha, civil surgeon East Singhbhumbesides microbiologist, epidemiologist and lab technicians

The department which earlier used to only spray larvicidal apart fromundertaking cleanliness exercise will be opting for destroying unused containers (identified vector breeding centers) in the affected areas and educating people on not allowing water to stagnate in residential areas.
“As per latest directive we have asked our men to carry out fogging exercise in the affected areas of Sakchi, Jugsalai and Mango with focus on identifying and destroying unused containers storing waters in houses and localities and educating locals about steps to prevent breeding of dengue vectors,” said the official.

This exercise would be held simultaneously with routine methods of spraying larvicidal in the area.

“We need to understand that mosquitoes that carry the virus of dengue do not come from outside, rather they generate from the household things like flower-pots, coolers water, rejected tyre kept on the roof top or in the corner of the garden. So we must ensure that there is no such place where water is stagnant for sometime,” said an official.

He said that the administration will launch a special drive to create awareness on dengue and the Health Department will monitor the onset of the disease.

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